This year is expected to be one of immense change. The pandemic is becoming a memory, a recession is looming, and tech hiring is experiencing a period of flux. In this environment, there aren’t that many things that you can rely on, but there are a few tech sectors that are holding fast and hiring for roles, such as cybersecurity, data science, and artificial intelligence (AI).
AI roles: safe bets
AI, as well as careers in machine and deep learning, will continue to be safe bets this year. Thanks to the applicability and demand for AI-driven technologies across multiple sectors, including banking, healthcare and education, the global AI market is one of the fastest-growing sectors within the wider tech industry, which means there are still plenty of roles hiring.
In the UK, this sector’s growth has received plenty of government support. In 2021, the government released the National AI Strategy to boost business use of AI, attract international investment, and develop the next generation of tech talent.
So far, the policy appears to have been a success: last year, the UK was ranked third in the world for its research and innovation in artificial intelligence. The AI scene is also supported by academic institutions such as the University of Cambridge.
The UK’s top three AI hubs of London, Cambridge, and Manchester are closely aligned with key academic institutions. This helps to ensure an influx of highly educated candidates, further helping the industry to flourish. This is an environment that has allowed top companies such as Onetrust, Graphcore, and Thought Machine to thrive.
And the AI industry in Britain is only really getting started. According to Tech Nation, there are more than 1,300 AI companies in the UK, and businesses spent £63bn on AI technologies and AI-related labour in 2020. This figure is only set to increase: by 2040, more than 1.3 million UK companies will be using artificial intelligence, with expenditure totalling £200bn.
This underlines neatly why the sector is a safe bet when it comes to either upskilling or changing your career. And the time to get involved is now: Here are three open roles that are hiring from the UKTN Job Board.
Senior software engineer, Peak AI, Manchester
Peak AI is a decision intelligence company founded in Manchester 2015 and now has additional offices in Jaipur and Edinburgh. The company’s mission is simple: It wants to democratise AI for every business, and to build a great company that everyone loves being a part of.
The team is in a growth phase after securing a $75m Series C funding round in 2021. At the moment, there is an open role for a Senior software developer. The day-to-day responsibilities include researching, designing, and writing applications and features for the platform. The new hire will also work closely with the data science team and continually update their technical skills and knowledge. You can find a list of the key qualifications for the AI role here.
Machine learning engineer, Siemens, Cambridge
This role is at Siemens DISW, in the UK’s AI capital, Cambridge. Siemens is a world-leading provider of product lifecycle management and manufacturing operations management software. This area of the business helps companies to optimise their processes, from planning and development through manufacturing, production, and support.
This Machine learning engineer role will garner a lot of interest, and that’s probably why there is such a long list of requirements that you’ll need to have. Candidates will need to be comfortable with deep learning and statistical learning methods, have a career background and/or education in technology and data science, experience with creating data visualisations, and more. However, the successful candidate will be rewarded with a competitive basic salary, bonus scheme, and generous holiday allowance. Get the full job spec here.
Senior data scientist, Monzo, London
If you want a job that’s exciting, challenging, and has plenty of autonomy then this senior data scientist role could be the perfect job for you. Monzo was founded in 2015 and was one of the earliest of a number of new app-based challenger banks in the UK. The company has enjoyed explosive growth and according to its 2022 annual report, over six million people now bank with Monzo.
A key part of this success has been Monzo’s use of data and analytics. The data scientist will join the marketing team and report the ROI on all marketing efforts. Daily duties include owning the measurement strategy for campaigns, shaping the marketing strategy, and finding ways to spend the budget more effectively. If you think that you’ve got what it takes then you can apply online now.